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Carol McKay

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English
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From Drumchapel, Glasgow, of working class background, I am an experienced creative writing teacher and facilitator. My fiction tackles contemporary issues, e.g. isolation, abortion, alcoholism. It has been described as "hallucinatory urban realism" (Suhayl Saadi). My short fiction and poetry have appeared in Poetry Scotland, Gutter, Causeway/Cabhsair, Mslexia, From Glasgow to Saturn, Daily Telegraph, The Herald, Chapman, Cencrastus and Wasafiri.

Books include - Reading the Landscape, poetry pamphlet, Hedgehog Press, Feb 2022, and White Spirit, a novel, PotHole Press, 2022.

I taught creative writing through The Open University from 2004-2018 and am particularly interested in offering fiction, poetry, and life writing workshops. I am available to give readings of my own work and as a competition judge.

Key achievements include:

(Photo credit: Eddie Mceleney)

Local authorities will visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events will deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience will work with

Adult learners; People experiencing mental health problems; Prisoners & young offenders; Vulnerable adults

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Editing & editing your own work; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Nature; Self-publishing & independent publishing

Age groups published for


Age groups will work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+